Girl Scouts deploy cookies overseas |

Girl Scouts deploy cookies overseas

Photo by Colin FisherJudy Bell and Karen Lynch load up the last few boxes before taking them to Reno to be shipped to the soldiers.

By this time next month, some troops in the Middle East will be eating Thin Mints and Caramel Delights thanks to local Girl Scout troops.

As part of the larger nationwide project, called Operation Cookie, the Truckee Service Unit is sending 852 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to U.S. military overseas.

“At first I didn’t think [Operation Cookie] would go that well,” said Girl Scout Megan Lynch, 16. “I thought people would be more interested in buying boxes for themselves. I was really surprised how many people bought boxes [for the troops].”

For $3 per box, donors received labels to write personalized messages to recipients in the Middle East. The girls sold so many boxes that the Nevada Area Girl Scout Council ran out of cookies just before the April 5 deadline.

Due to wartime postal regulations, the Nevada National Guard will deploy the boxes to the region.

“It’s at a level where [the girls] are really affected by [the war],” said service unit manager Karen Lynch. “It’s all over. People are talking about it, kids hear it, kids listen and they care.”

A bulk of the donations for the cookies came from Tahoe-area businesses.

Jackie Wells, a Truckee realtor whose 10-year-old granddaughter is in Girl Scout troop 1312, persuaded more than 40 companies to donate a case of cookies to the cause.

“Some people wanted to send the cookies in the name of their pets, which I thought was a great thing,” Wells said.

As the cookies make their way to the Middle East, many of the girls have considered what the treats will do for morale.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said seventh-grader Melissa Popnoe, from troop 660, “because that way the troops can enjoy something from home if they’re lonely.”

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